This has been a long overdue post. I have planned to share our curriculum choices earlier in the month but other things came up instead.
Anyway, I am so glad that you’re here today!
Because today, that’s what I would like to talk about, our homeschool curriculum choices for our 3rd grader and kindergartener for 2016-2017.
I have mentioned before that we are using a lot of new curriculum this year. The reason is because in the past we have been using a boxed curriculum. As at that time, it was what I needed. However, the more we homeschool, the more I am learning, the more I am feeling more comfortable doing it. (See? My children are not the only ones learning in homeschooling!) This time I feel that we needed a change. I needed a change. It is time to get out of the box! Literally! Well, maybe not completely! I am not saying that we’re done using boxed curriculum, if it’s something that works for us, I have no problem sticking to it. But I am also good with us trying something different. That is why our family does the what they call, Eclectic Homeschooling approach.
Eclectic Homeschooling basically means that we use a combination of homeschooling methods such as using text books, boxed curriculum, classical approach, unit studies and so on. I pick our curriculum based on my teaching preferences and what our kids enjoy doing. If it means we do a little bit of this and that, then that’s what we do. It’s one of the beauty of homeschooling you get to tailor your studies to what you feel is best for your kids and family.
Anyway, our oldest is in his 3rd Grade this year. And below is our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for him. I put an * next to the ones that are new to us.
Reading: All About Reading Level 4
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 3, & Soaring with Spelling 3*
Grammar: Growing with Grammar Level 2*
Writing: Writeshop Primary B*
Handwriting: Abeka Writing with Phonics 2 – Cursive* (I bought this last year but he wasn’t quite ready for it)
Math: Math U See Gamma & Canadian Money Activities*
History: History Odyssey Level 1 – Middle Ages*, Canada, My Country & Canada Map Book 1*
Science: The Sassafras Science Adventure Vol. 1 – Zoology & Volume 2 – Anatomy*
Bible: The Story of the Bible Vol. 1 – The Old Testament*
Arts: Draw, Write, Now 4 & Home Arts Studio 2nd Grade
Typing: Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum *
P.E.: Swimming and continuing with his Taekwondo
Our second child is 5 and is in Kindergarten this year. I have to mention that here in Alberta, kids doesn’t have to be registered in school until they reach the age of 6. I am not sure if it is the same across the country. So my second son is not registered yet. Therefore I call his homeschooling unofficial. Nevertheless, you can never teach them early enough. Right? 😉
However this year his learning is a little bit more structured compared to the past which was more play based. But it still only takes him maybe 1 to 2 hours to finish it all depending on his level of motivation. Lol!
Here’s our Kindergarten curriculum picks for this homeschool year.
Reading: All About Reading Level 1
Phonics/Sight Words: Ready 2 Read Level 2 by The Moffat Girls
Math: Math U See Primer
Handwriting: Canadian Daily Printing
Arts: Draw, Write, Now Book 1
Mapping: My Very First Primary Map Book (part of our Canadian Geography/history study)
P.E.: Swimming & Taekwondo
In addition he is going to do other fun games & activities as well.
We also do some group work which he is a part of , although he is not required to do extensive work activities. Our group work consists of World History, Canadian History and Geography, Science, Bible reading and Arts on Fridays. And these are the ones mentioned in our oldest son’s list of curricula. On top of that, we do chapter reading and both boys are required to do read-aloud everyday.
And just in case you are looking for a lesson planner, we use Homeschool Tracker. It’s an online lesson planner that does all the works for you.
That’s all for today! I hope that you find this post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below or you can send me an email here.
Thank you once again for visiting! Until next time!
P.S. I want to let you know as well that we are a Canadian homeschooling family so I tried to link my resources locally as much as I can. Some are linked directly to the official site.
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